• Zachary Schnitzer

Creative Evolution: The CitiFitZ Anywhere Desk Assembly and Stain Selection - Part I

The desk is starting to come together...literally!

I decided to use maple wood for this project because I really like the light tones. Base woods such as maple are like blank canvasses. They may be stained with a variety of tones relatively easily.

Originally, I wanted this project to be all hardwood. But if I went that route the piece would be too heavy, especially the top, and that would make moving and storing it more difficult.

For the legs, I wanted them to be able to fold up for storage, but not sacrifice strength. Also, the legs needed to fold over the drawer so that it would be flat when stored. So I went with a very straightforward approach: having the back legs fold with a brace at the bottom, so that when folded, the bottom becomes a handle to carry the desk. The inside legs needed to fit inside the space within the outside legs and still be wider than the drawer so I made them smaller and positioned the brace higher up. When folded, those legs become a stand for the desk that lets it balance upright either up against a wall or in a closet, similar to a folding tray table.

Check out the images and video clip (separate post) below and you’ll get a feel for my process and how it is all starting to come together. In the video, I share my decorative functionality I designed for the drawer - using pegs to both add a design element and secure the drawer to the top. Durability in tandem with design elements are two of my hallmarks.

I love watching my early sketches and CAD designs starting to come to life. I hope you do too.

Have a great week!

“If you do it right, it will last forever.” – Massimo Vignelli

Video on Design and Durability - Using pegs to secure the drawer and add a cool design element.